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A Wild Furry Appears!  

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  1. 1. What will you do?

    • Introduce myself!
    • Ignore Them or Listen In Without Ever Making Myself Known.
    • Yiff!
    • Stalk Them Until I've Confirmed They Are Tolerable, Then Introduce Myself.
    • Run!
    • Use Item! (Do something else, mentioned below)

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Ever happened upon random furries just out there in the world without looking for them or expecting them? Yeah, me neither. But it can happen. What would you do?

Assume you have confirmed they are furry by overhearing them, not by them introducing themselves or wearing fursuit or something.

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38 minutes ago, Mikazuki Marazhu said:

I refuse to believe that.

Everyone here is gay until proven otherwise with porn

Does this count? (clean, artistic nudes)



*AHEM* Yes, the poll! Right!

I like to think I would at least give conversation a chance, as long as I weren't with people I didn't want to know I was a furry. Probably would lurk around a bit first. I'd need some kind of opening in the conversation. But, if I wait to long, they might switch topics and that would make things awkward. Perhaps not as awkward as a stranger butting into the middle of a conversation, or maybe... wait, no. I've over-thought it and now they've all left without even noticing me. Yeah, that seems like the most realistic scenario for me.

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Part 1- Greeting the furry

If you approach a furry and say "Hi! I'm a furry too!", they won't know how to respond because you brought up something weird they didn't plan for.

.. consequently you'd look like a fool and both of you would be uncomfortable

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The following list includes the worst case scenarios for furry encounters. These are situations that all forumgoers and group meets would like to avoid.

Furries who have become addicted to human food. Once furries become accustomed to human food and garbage, they become drawn to areas of human occupation. This may include backcountry forums far from urban meetups. A history of poor backcountry garbage management by moderators can add forums to a furry's regular forays.

Furries who have first year cubs which go up a tree. In this situation, the female may not leave the area, but rather will defend the cubs. The sow may attack quickly if you are within its comfort zone. Be ready with your pepper spray, and be prepared to climb a tree if possible.

Furries with second year cubs that may participate in a bluff charge. Again, this can be a very dangerous situation as you are now dealing with multiple furries. While this is very rare, it would allow the family to protect a thrill site more effectively.

Furries defending a thrill site. Furries are very aggressive when protecting a thrill site. Learn to watch for signs of thrill sites such as large accumulations of specialty toys, commissions, and other inappropriate objects.

Predatory Encounters. While this is a rare situation, and generally refers to predatory attacks by vore furries, this can be a very serious encounter. Since the furry is hunting you as prey, you must be prepared for an imminent attack. The furry may circle you, slowly moving in closer and closer until it decides whether to attack or not.

What do you do when you meet a furry?

Whenever you travel in furry country, you have to accept the basic reality that you may encounter a furry. The tips on these pages will help reduce the likelihood of meeting furries, but at the same time, you need to be prepared for what to do when the unexpected occurs.

If you are in open country, use binoculars to scan the horizon to look for furries. In more forested landscapes, be sure to make lots of noise and keep a mental inventory of climbable trees (just in case). Remember, feral furries are agile climbers, and they have also been known to climb short distances up trees. To be safe, you should look for trees that will allow you to get at least 10 m (33 ft) above the ground. Don't forget that macro furries can charge at 50 km/hr (30 m.p.h.). You'll need some time to climb that tree.

Situation 1 - Furry has not detected your presence and is more than 100 m (350 ft) distant.

Don't announce your presence if the furry has not seen you. If possible, retreat slowly and give the furry plenty of space. If you have the opportunity, you should retreat and leave the thread to the furry. If you must continue, back off a short distance, and give the furry time to leave. You should also do a wide detour quietly and quickly downwind to avoid problems.  

Situation 2 - Furry has detected your presence, but is more than 100 m (350 ft) distant.

Your goal here is to act in such a way as to allow the furry to identify you, but to also let it know that you are no threat. Speak calmly so that it knows you are a human (their eyesight is quite poor). They will often quickly give ground to you once they identify you as human. If the situation permits, back away slowly, keeping a close eye on the furry. Otherwise, you may wish to detour around the furry, but in this case, detour upwind so that the furry can get your scent. Keep talking calmly. Waving your arms may help it identify you as a human.

Situation 3 - Furry has detected you and shows signs of interest

If you have followed the advice listed above, hopefully you have a bit of distance between the furry and yourself. You'll need to

Assess the situation.  Are you dealing with a sensible furry or a snowflake? Are there cubs involved? Are there climbable trees nearby (and do you have sufficient time to climb them)?

Do Not Run. You can't outrun a furry so don't even try. Despite rumours to the contrary, most furries can outrun a human on ANY terrain, uphill or down. People will tell you that you should run downhill when chased by a furry. This is simply a myth - don't try it!

Try to retreat slowly. Back up slowly and try to put more space between you and the furry. Talk calmly so that it can identify you as human, and slowly back up. Keep your backpack on as it can provide protection if necessary. Don't make direct eye contact, but keep a close look at the furry as you back away.

Climb a tree if available. If you have enough time, and the furry continues to move closer, take advantage of a tall tree to climb. Remember, feral furries are strong climbers as well. Anthro furries have also climbed short distances up trees after people. You want to get at least 10 m (33 feet) high to reduce the chance of being pulled out of the tree. Even though some furries can come up the tree after you, the hope is that they will feel less threatened, and thus less likely to chase you up the tree.

If the furry charges you. Furries will often bluff charge before attacking. This is designed to allow enemies to back down before the furry needs to actually make contact. It evolved as a way to prevent encounters with enemies and it may provide you with an opportunity to back away.

Use your pepper spray.  This is a last resort. Pepper spray is only good at very close range (5 m or 15 ft). Wind will reduce this effective range even farther (and may blow the spray back into your face). If the furry approaches within this range, point the spray at its eyes and discharge the contents. Hopefully, this will either disorient the furry to allow you to escape, or at the very least deter it from attacking. Once you have partially discharged a canister of pepper spray it should be discarded. While the spray may deter attacks, the smell of pepper can act as an attractor.

If a furry that is stalking you makes contact. If the attack escalates and a furry physically contacts you, fight back with anything that is available to you. Furries tend to be timid and fighting back may scare the furry off. In addition, if a furry is stalking you then you are in a predatory situation and fighting back is your only option. This also applies to any attack at night as these may also be considered predatory in nature.

If a furry makes contact. As above, if you believe the furry to be stalking you, fight back with everything you have. In general though, playing dead in a daytime furry encounter tends to reduce the level of injury sustained by most attack victims. Many furry attacks are defensive in nature, and playing dead may show the furry that you are not interested. Keep your backpack on as it will provide added protection. The best position is to lie on your side in a fetal position. Bring your legs up to your chest and bury your head into your legs. Wrap your arms around your legs and hold on tight. You may also lie on your stomach, backpack on, and place your hands behind your neck to protect that vulnerable area. Do not play dead until the last moment. Staying on your feet may allow you to dodge, or divert an attack.

After the attack. Once the attack has ended, remain patient. After a few minutes, try to determine if the furry is still in the area. If the furry has moved on, you should make your way towards assistance as quickly as possible.

Furries in you backyard?

Much of the focus in the literature is on furry parties in wild settings. Don't forget that living in furry country comes with a responsibility to help reduce natural attractants in townsites. Click here for more details on living safely in furry country.

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Ignore them. Anything else would just be awkward.

I did see a cute girl wearing cat ears or something at a concert not too long ago, and i almost told her I liked them, but then realized she was at least six years younger than me and that I was drunk. No good would have come from that compliment.

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On 4/7/2016 at 4:57 PM, Endless/Nameless said:

Fun Fact: I read the last option as "Use Them!" and that is funny.

I wasn't the only one, then! I actually didn't notice it said "Use item" until you pointed it out. 

Furthermore, I would probably engage in conversation, because I'm an odd person and think just blithely walking up to someone and talking to them out of nowhere is a good idea. 

A non-furry related introduction, mind you...

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I have met three furries irl and all three of them were gay males. It was a great conversation in two of these three occasions until they both flirted with me. Apparently it's just assumed that all male furries are gay. I am completely hetero. They have avided efforts to communicate with me since. Frankly, that pisses me off.

The third was a friend of a friend and was with someone at the time, so that issue never came up. Haven't talked to him for a while now, but at least I know he's not actively avoiding me.

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I actually did find a furry like this... it just so happened to be a fat, smelly, loud, generally biased, whiny, smoking, apathetic, still owes me a pizza, jerk who ruined a friend group... that I had the pleasure of having as a roommate. 


Who else but furries? 

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